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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is providing the opportunity for public comment on the Pennsylvania Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) Submission. This submission will occur in three parts: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Plan which is currently available in draft and available for review, the SAPT Report which will be posted in November, and the Annual Synar Report which will be made available in December.

These documents can be accessed online utilizing “citizenpa” as your login and “citizen” as your password. Please submit all comments via email by Sept. 30.

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In accordance with legislation that passed in 1972, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is required to develop a State Plan and to update it annually. The department has posted a request for public comments on the 2019–2022 draft state plan. Comments are due Monday, September 16 to Jordan Lewis. We request that members also copy RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp on any comments submitted to DDAP. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Sharp.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), will be hosting eight regional Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Summits this fall. The purpose of these summits is to promote awareness of MAT options for opioid use disorder and to increase the number of practitioners using the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in an office-based setting.

Participants in the summits will include physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, as well as administrative and clinical support staff in their practices. Other industry stakeholders could also benefit and are welcome to attend.

A web page has been established on DDAP’s website which includes the summit dates, counties in each region, and Save the Date flyers for each summit. This web page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Attendance is free, and registration will open in early September. Another email will be sent when registration opens. Questions can be directed to this email.

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Join RCPA in supporting National Recovery Month in September. Immediately following the kick-off event, RCPA will be holding their Drug & Alcohol Division meeting on September 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the RCPA office, 777 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA. Please register to attend our meeting which will feature guest speakers from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Please forward any agenda items to Tina Miletic for review and discussion. We look forward to your participation.

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) has announced a new Grant Initiative Funding Opportunity for Pregnancy Support Services. Eligible applicants must be able to serve pregnant women and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Single County Authorities are not eligible to apply under this funding announcement. Applications are due by September 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

SUMMARY: DDAP is accepting applications for providers who will provide pregnancy support services or make referrals to address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with OUD. In addition, these community providers will facilitate or make referrals for outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Questions can be submitted via email through August 30, 2019. Questions and answers will be posted to the Funding Opportunities page by September 6, 2019.

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The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) released a policy bulletin ensuring that treatment services continue during a grievance. The bulletin states that in the event an individual grieves a treatment funding decision related to a reduction or termination of services or length of stay in treatment, the SCA is required to continue funding treatment services at the current level of engagement until the appeal is resolved. This applies to all treatment services, including the provision of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

All SCAs will include this updated requirement in their grievance and appeal policy and process, inform individuals of and have them sign-off on having received notification of the policy and process. SCAs must also inform contracted treatment providers of this change in requirements, effective immediately. Contact DDAP with any questions.

ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2019

SCOPE: This bulletin applies to all behavioral health providers licensed or approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) or the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) that are enrolled in the Medical Assistance (MA) program, or who seek to enroll, revalidate, or re-activate their enrollment.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bulletin is to:

  • Clarify for behavioral health providers the applicability of the requirements published in the Medical Assistance Bulletin (MAB) 99-18-11, “Service Location Enrollment Deadline,” which reminded providers to enroll each service location out of which they operate; and
  • Advise behavioral health providers that effective October 1, 2019, they must use the enrolled service location at which a service was provided on claims.

The following link will provide access to the bulletin: OMHSAS 19-02 – Service Location Enrollment for BH Providers.

Additionally, we have been advised by OMHSAS that as providers continue to enroll service locations, providers can utilize their main physical site address for billing pending site enrollment in PROMISe. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Mental Health Division Director Sarah Eyster or RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 22, 2019

Wolf Administration Announces Collaboration, Funding to Improve Care for Survivors of an Opioid Overdose

Doylestown, PA – The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) alongside Independence Blue Cross Foundation (IBX) and Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC, Inc.) today announced DDAP will provide BCDAC, Inc. with $650,000 in grant funding to improve care for survivors of an opioid overdose in Bucks County, PA.

In 2017, IBX completed a study that examined emergency department warm hand-off programs and procedures. DDAP’s funding will implement several best practices identified in the study including funding additional Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS) in all six local hospitals, as well as providing family support and hospital staff education by health care professionals who are in long-term recovery. DDAP’s funding is part of the $55.9 million Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association grant awarded to the commonwealth to bolster the state’s response to the opioid epidemic.

“Over the past year thousands of lives have been saved through warm hand-off programs,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith. “We know this is a key component in strengthening the drug and alcohol landscape throughout Pennsylvania and the Administration is committed to helping counties with its implementation. Additionally, the common denominator for many individuals seeking treatment are CRSs. They are an invaluable asset to our field and we want to support their work whenever and however possible.”

To further efforts, IBX will be commissioning a second study that will re-evaluate the county’s warm hand-off program, track outcomes, and provide further recommendations slated to begin in September 2019.

“This study, and the one that will follow, are important benchmarks for measuring the success of what is one of the most critical pieces of the recovery process — getting someone into substance use treatment as quickly as possible,” said Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. “We’re excited that this research was a valuable tool in providing additional resources for Bucks County, and for broader discussions across the state focused on combatting the growing opioid epidemic.”

Today, warm hand-off programs at various levels of implementation exist around the commonwealth. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 individuals have been directly referred to treatment as part of the warm hand-off concept. Counties with successful implementations are seeing a success rate of 90 percent of overdose survivors directly admitted into drug and alcohol treatment following an overdose.

In February 2017, the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Health, and Pennsylvania chapter of the College of Emergency Physicians released a clinical pathway designed to create an easy transition from care for an opioid overdose to treatment for an opioid use disorder. As part of an update in the 2015-2020 grant agreement between DDAP and local Single County Authorities (SCA), SCAs are now required to establish a warm hand-off policy locally.

For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Rachel Kostelac, 717.547.3314

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